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GamerZ – Festival #09


Curated by Isabelle Arvers, France.


Multimedia Art Festival: Gamerz-Festival #09, Aix-en-Provence, 10th to 20th october 2013

The word “glitch“ first appeared in spaceship programmes in the USA in 1962. A computer glitch is the failure of a system, usually containing a computing device, to complete its functions or to perform them properly. The word spread to electronic music in the 1990’s. Glitch goes with the notions of bug, repetiton , linearity or fragmentation to quote Iman Morandi’s ‘Aestehetics of glitch’ 2004. Made purposedly or not by the artist, beauty comes accidentally, from a bug. The art of glitch stems from manipulation of the medium, programming experiment, playing with graphic cards...experimenting with all the “back-stage“ setting of a fixed or moving image just to see what happens, exactly as Nam June Paik did with video art and the cathode ray-tube.

Beauty might come also from the multiplication, leverage or double-exposure of shapes.When hyper-realism ends in unreal representation of a non-perfect reality, Glitch brings about poetry: it brings analogue to the digital, like a speck of dust into the perfect coded reality.

Bugs, accidents, mistakes and glitches are full part of the video games world. Repetition and mistakes are part of learning. No one can learn how to play without making mistakes, and repeting over and over again the same scene. Frustration leads to pleasure. Bug and Glitch hint at the very link between the player and the video game. Try out what was not expected by the game developer, play with the original function of the object and explore the limits of the game and its potential.

Glitch then embodies our passing through the looking glass to see what’s hidden behind in the cracks.To quote Deleuze and Gattari’s theory of the “rhizome“ and “rhizomatic“ it allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation. Glitch makes visible what was primarily invisible: digital code, random access memory, the whole production process of an art work and all that may happen during the process of image transmission and transfer from one format to another.

Machiniglitch is an ode to the Glitch Aesthetics!

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Baden Pailthorpe

Jon Cates

Anita Fontaine

Victor Morales


Kent Sheely

Knut LSG Hybinette

Georgie Roxby Smith

Mary Flanagan

Entter et Goto80

Clint Enns

Chris Howlett

Florian Dieude

Edouard Taufenbach

Félicien Goguey &

Benjamin Bartholet

Isabelle Arvers